Identity Is a Provocative Spectre Throughout Noel Malcolm's 'Agents of Empire'

Identity Is a Provocative Spectre Throughout Noel Malcolm's 'Agents of Empire'

By Jordan Penney

In Noel Malcolm's important microhistory, we encounter complex individuals who appear resistant to simple categories, generalizations, or identifications. 24 Mar 2017 // 2:14 AM

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19 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

Seven Men From Now (1956)

Seven Men From Now is a small, economical movie, concerned with sacrifice and nobility.

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19 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

Creep (2004)

Disdainful until overtaken by desperation, Kate (Franke Potente) appears to be the film's primary 'creep'.

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	Various Artists: Night Train to Nashville: Music City Rhythm & Blues 1945-1970 Volume Two

Nashville musicians know how to get down, even if they're not getting down at a hoedown.

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	Solu Music featuring Kai Martin: Affirmation

There's some passion and verve here, and more than a little masterful musicianship, and that is enough to lift the proceedings out from the torpid shadow of similar enterprises.

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	Ion Petre Stoican: Sounds from a Bygone Age, Vol. 1

Asphalt Tango does a great job of reissuing this Romanian violinist's only album, a 1977 LP with a terrific backing band and arrangements by a 'cimbalom god'.

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	Quintron & Miss Pussycat: Swamp Tech

Grime-synth soul meets puppetry in the weird world of Quintron & Miss Pussycat.

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	Robert Pollard: From a Compound Eye

Pollard, the debauched saint of indie rock, releases his first solo album post-GBV. Yes, you still have a legitimate reason to sit at home and drink alone. Thank you, Uncle Bob.

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18 Jan 2006 // 11:00 PM

	Film School: Film School

The search for America's Radiohead continues, but Film School might be in the running a few years down the road.

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	Paul Duncan: Be Careful What You Call Home

An album that walks a tightrope between melody and off kilter experimentation with satisfying results and unexpected success.

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18 Jan 2006 // 2:00 AM

Various: Cuban Essentials

Escondida Music presents the second half of its 10-part Cuban Essentials series, covering a spectrum of greats from the last half-century. Not Been There, Done That; rather, Been There, Should've Done This, Instead...

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'Steep' Loves Its Mountains

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"SSX wanted you to fight its mountains, Steep wants you to love its mountains.

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